This “blue-collar” win was a bit more aesthetically pleasing offensively than Thursday’s win.
But it was the familiar brand of Durango High School defense that brought it home.
The DHS boys basketball team advanced to the semifinals of the Tate’s Auto Group Shootout in Winslow, Ariz., with a 52-38 win over Tuba City (Ariz.) on Friday.
Ty Elliott broke out in a big way for Durango (2-0), scoring nearly half the Demons’ points in a 23-point effort, and Nick Hamlin continued his consistent start with 13 points.
“He could’ve easily had a 30-pointer (Friday). ... He definitely had confidence and had it going in each quarter, staying consistent,” DHS head coach Alan Batiste said of Elliott’s performance.
“A lot of his production came from him getting into the lane and finishing. ... He was taking the ball to the basket pretty strong.”
While Durango upped its point total, Batiste said he wasn’t thrilled with the way his squad moved the ball and handled the ball, citing turnovers as an issue.
But as the offense looks to work out its kinks, the defense is carrying the load. Durango held an opponent to less than 40 points for the second time in as many games, and until the offense gets rolling where the Demons want it, the defense will be the deciding factor.
“Again, we just relied on defense. ... We’re waiting on the offense to kind of start clicking. It’s all timing. The boys will get there. It’s still early,” Batiste said.
Durango will play in the semifinals at 11:30 a.m. today against an opponent to be determined, with a win putting the Demons into the title game at 8 p.m.